LOS ANGELES – The Phillies battled back from an early three-run deficit and had a late lead against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it didn’t hold up as Dodgers’ rookie phenom Yasiel Puig stroked a bases-loaded two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to help propel his club to a 6-4 win over the Phils on Thursday night.
Puig’s hit to left field came on an 0-2 slider from reliever Justin De Fratus and gave the Dodgers a 5-4 lead. De Fratus walked the leadoff man and the next hitter reached base when first baseman Ryan Howard failed to make a play on a bunt. Both runners ended up scoring on Puig’s 15th and 16th RBIs in 23 games.
The Phillies are 38-42, 7½ games behind Atlanta, and 2-2 on this road trip.
The Dodgers have won six in a row.
Starting pitching report
Rookie Jonathan Pettibone was impressive. He was roughed up for three runs in the first inning, but kept his composure and pitched shutout ball over the next five innings to keep the Phillies in the game until they took a lead in the top of the seventh.
Pettibone retired 15 in a row after allowing a no-out single in the second inning. In all, he allowed four hits, walked one and struck out four.
Zack Greinke failed to hold a 3-0 lead for the Dodgers. He allowed 12 hits, including a pair of homers, and four runs in seven innings. He walked one and struck out five.
De Fratus was charged with a blown save and the loss. Antonio Bastardo allowed a run in the eighth as the Dodgers salted the game away.
J.P. Howell, Ronald Belisario and Kenley Jansen protected the Dodgers’ late lead.
At the plate
Domonic Brown homered in the second inning and Chase Utley gave the Phils a short-lived lead with a solo homer in the seventh. The Phils had four hits and scored two runs (on singles by Utley and Jimmy Rollins) in the fifth inning and, with two men on base, had a chance for more, but Howard swung at 3-0 sinker away and grounded into a 1-6-3 double play.
Howard had a dismal game. He went 0 for 4 and is hitless in his last 16 at-bats. In the field, he failed to make a play on a sacrifice bunt. It went for a hit that eventually became the go-ahead run for the Dodgers.
Andre Ethier joined Puig with two RBIs for the Dodgers.
The Phillies acquired veteran infielder John McDonald from Cleveland in a trade for a player to be named. McDonald will join the club on Friday. Freddy Galvis was shipped to Triple A to get playing time (see story).
Mike Adams will try rehab over surgery for his injured right shoulder (see story). Adams will have a platelet rich plasma injection on Friday. The rehab program will cost him the rest of the season. Adams is signed for 2014.
Roy Halladay was examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and cleared to do more throwing as he recovers from shoulder surgery performed by ElAttrache in May. Halladay has been tossing at about 60 feet. He hopes to pitch later this season if all continues to go well.
Lefty John Lannan (0-2, 5.84) opposes lefty Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.09) on Friday night.